Bob Bamman is a New York University trained licensed clinical social worker and an adoptive parent.

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May 28, 2016

This fascinating talk sheds light on fetus’ learning while in utero. When we talk about attachment and the trauma of adoption, we are talking about a very real process of intimate knowing and of loss for the adopted child, and the ongoing effects of this loss and of an often stressed in utero environment on the child’s development, behavior, and attachment process with their caregivers.

He specializes in the attachment oriented treatment of adopted/foster children, adolescents, adoptive and complex families, and adults. Bob utilizes an empathic strength-based and family systems perspective to assist his clients, young and old, to effect positive change in their familial and interpersonal relationships and life functioning. He has worked with a range of diagnoses and life stressors, including:

Parent-Child relational/attachment issues and family system dysfunction
Complex Relational Trauma (Reactive Attachment Disorder)
Pre/Post-Adoption Issues effecting all members of the foster/adoption triad (adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth parents)
Infertility crisis, Infertility treatment, and alternative family building decision making
Anxiety and Mood Disorders
ADHD and Disruptive Behaviors in Children, Adolescents and Adults

Browse through Bob’s clinical and educational background below to get a better sense of his professional training, interests, and areas of expertise.

  • M.S.W. in Social Work from New York University silver School of Social Work
  • B.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado
  • Contract Social Worker, Friends-In-Adoption agency; Providing pre-adoption counseling to agency clients, homestudies, mandated post-placement supervision, and post-adopt child/family counseling; Substantial work with heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and single pre/post adoption clients;
  • Family Resource Program Coordinator, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) – Early Childhood Center; Providing crisis counseling services for Center parents, facilitate Parent Support Group; Consultation/Coordination regarding evaluation for services (NYS Early Intervention / CPSE); Staff supervision and training;
  • Referral Therapist, Path-2-Parenthood (formerly American Fertility Association); Therapy with couples and individuals experiencing infertility crisis issues and/or exploring alternative family building; Facilitate phone-based support groups for individuals and couples and men’s groups;
  • Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) – Introductory training at AFCTN’s 2nd Annual Statewide Training in Albany, NY with Sue Bratton, Ph.D.
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Two-Day Workshop with George Faller, LSCW and Dan Hughes, Ph.D. at Ackerman Institute for the Family
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) – Level I training in  with Arthur Becker, Ph.D, Center for Family Development, Williamsville, NY (at Spence-Chapin agency, NYC)
  • Promoting Sensitive and Effective Parenting: A Family Systems Perspective – Ackerman Institute for the Family
  • Center for Family Connections – 2 Day Summer Intensive Workshops – Family therapy with adoptive, foster, and blended families, Dr. Joyce Pavao, Cambridge, MA
  • Relational Child Psychotherapy – PsyBC.com 2 week Online Symposium
  • Strengthening Families Program – 3 Day Intensive Training – Nationally Certified Program for at-risk Families, Karol Kumpfer, PhD
  • Child/Adolescent/Family Therapist – Little Flower Children’s Services; Agency and in-home individual and family therapy with children/adolescents in foster care placement;
  • Child/Adolescent/Family Therapist – Greenwich House/Children’s Safety Project; Individual and family therapy with children/adolescents who have experienced abuse/DV; Collateral contact with caregivers, birthparents, teachers, ACS/foster agencies; Psychosocial Assessment, ACS Reports, Court Reports and testimony;
  • Adoptive Family Workshop – Spence-Chapin and Friends-in-Adoption agencies; 4 hour workshop for children 5-11 years old and their parents; Co-presented with agency staff;
  • Talking with Your Children about Adoption – Friends in Adoption; 1/2 day workshop for agency clients/alumni addressing age appropriate communication with their adopted children, handling difficult stories, etc.; New York, NY
  • Transracial Adoption/Parenting Workshop – When Liberal is Not Enough: Parenting Your Adopted Child-of-Color in a Race Conscious World: Adoptive Parents Committee Annual Conference, New York, NY;
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Adoption/Foster Care Therapist Network (AFCTN)
  • ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine);
  • License Clinical Social Worker
  • Contract Adoption Social Worker, Friends-In-Adoption agency; Providing pre-adoption counseling to agency clients, homestudies, mandated post-placement supervision, and post-adopt child/family counseling; Substantial work with heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and single pre/post adoption clients